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A Raisin in the Sun

Written by Lorraine Hansberry


Format: Paperback, 160 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 29, 2004
Price: $7.50
ISBN: 978-0-679-75533-3 (0-679-75533-0)

When it was first produced in 1959 A Raisin in the Sun was awarded the New York Drama Critics Circle Award and hailed as a watershed in American drama. Not only was it a pioneering work by an African-American playwright--Hansberry's play was also a radically new representation of black life, one... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Best African American Fiction
2009
Edited by E. Lynn Harris and Gerald Early


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Bantam
On Sale: January 13, 2009
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-553-38534-2 (0-553-38534-8)

"There hasn't been an anthology of such talented African-American literary figures since Marita Golden's Gumbo, and the result is a masterful bouquet of literary flowers, some grand, some subtle, but none shrinking."
Publishers Weekly (starred review)


Introducing the first volume in an exciting new annual anthology featuring the year’s most outstanding fiction by... Read more >

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Gumbo
A Celebration of African American Writing
Written by E. Lynn Harris and Marita Golden


Format: Trade Paperback, 828 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: December 3, 2002
Price: $32.00
ISBN: 978-0-7679-1041-5 (0-7679-1041-9)

The 2003 Nonfiction Honor Book, presented by The Black Caucus of ALA

Not since Terry McMillan's Breaking Ice have so many African-American writers been brought together in one volume. Edited by Marita Golden and E. Lynn Harris, Gumbo brings together a broad spectrum of writers of new and previously published stories of... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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A Love of My Own

Written by E. Lynn Harris


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: June 24, 2003
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-49271-3 (0-385-49271-5)

After Zola Denise Norwood meets media mogul Davis Vincent McClinton on a New York-bound flight, he makes her a couple of offers before they even land. One is editing his hot new urban style magazine Bling Bling. The other is more personal. As Zola and Raymond Tyler, Jr, Bling Bling’s CEO... Read more >

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What Becomes of the Brokenhearted
A Memoir
Written by E. Lynn Harris


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: July 13, 2004
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-49506-6 (0-385-49506-4)

For almost a decade, beloved storyteller E. Lynn Harris has welcomed you into his family with his passionate, warm and trail-blazing novels. Now, he invites you into the most intimate world ever—his own.

Since his first book Invisible Life was published in the early 1990s, New York Times bestselling author E. Lynn... Read more >

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Angel of Harlem
A Novel
Written by Kuwana Haulsey


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: One World/Ballantine
On Sale: May 30, 2006
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-76133-1 (0-375-76133-0)

Inspired by the extraordinary events of Dr. May Chinn’s life, Angel of Harlem is a deeply affecting story of love and transcendence. Weaving seamlessly scenes from the battlefields of the Civil War, during which her father escaped from slavery, to the Harlem living rooms and kitchen tables where May is sometimes... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Sapphire's Grave

Written by Hilda Gurley Highgate


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: December 23, 2003
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-7679-0883-2 (0-7679-0883-X)

The debut of a major new talent, Sapphire's Grave tells the stories of several generations of African-American women, bringing their spirit and their sorrow to life with a power, sensitivity, and immediacy.

In 1749 in Sierra Leone, a woman of fierce dignity is captured and forced onto a slave ship. On the... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Love and Fury
A Memoir
Written by Richard Hoffman


Format: Hardcover, 224 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: June 3, 2014
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-0-8070-4471-1 (0-8070-4471-7)

Richard Hoffman sometimes felt as though he had two fathers: the real one who raised him and an imaginary version, one he talked to on the phone, and one he talked to in his head. Although Hoffman was always close to the man, his father remained a mystery, shrouded in a... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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The Collected Poems of Langston Hughes

Written by Langston Hughes
Edited by Arnold Rampersad


Format: Trade Paperback, 736 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 31, 1995
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-76408-3 (0-679-76408-9)

Spanning five decades and comprising 868 poems (nearly 300 of which have never before appeared in book form), this magnificent volume is the definitive sampling of a writer who has been called the poet laureate of African America--and perhaps our greatest popular poet since Walt Whitman. Here, for the first time... Read more >

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Selected Poems of Langston Hughes

Written by Langston Hughes


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 12, 1990
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-72818-4 (0-679-72818-X)

The poems in this collection were chosen by Hughes himself shortly before his death in 1967 and represent work from his entire career, including "The Negro Speaks of Rivers," "The Weary Blues," "Still Here," "Song for a Dark Girl," "Montage of a Dream Deferred," and "Refugee in America." It gives us... Read more >
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Tambourines to Glory
A Novel
Written by Langston Hughes


Format: Trade Paperback, 180 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: September 26, 2006
Price: $11.00
ISBN: 978-0-7679-2327-9 (0-7679-2327-8)

For every bustling jazz joint that opened in Korean War–era Harlem, a new church seemed to spring up. Tambourines to Glory introduces you to an unlikely team behind a church whose rock was the curb at 126th and Lenox.

Essie Belle Johnson and Laura Reed live in adjoining tenement flats, adrift on... Read more >
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The Ways of White Folks
Stories
Written by Langston Hughes


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 12, 1990
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-72817-7 (0-679-72817-1)

Like his most famous poems, Langston Hughes’s stories are messages from that “other” America, sharply etched vignettes of its daily life, cruelly accurate portrayals of black people colliding—sometimes humorously, more often tragically—with whites. Filled with mordant wit and human detail, whether his character is a poor black musician or wealthy whites... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The River Where Blood Is Born

Written by Sandra Jackson-Opoku


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: One World/Ballantine
On Sale: August 18, 1998
Price: $23.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-42476-1 (0-345-42476-X)

Winner of the 1998 American Library Association Black Caucus Literary Award for Best Fiction of the Year

The River Where Blood is Born takes the reader on a journey along the river of one family's history, carving a course for its women across two centuries and three continents, from the eighteenth century... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Dark
A Novel
Written by Kenji Jasper


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: June 12, 2001
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-7679-0707-1 (0-7679-0707-8)

By a first-time novelist, this is a African American, coming-of-age novel that joins the sensibility of a young James Baldwin to the contemporary subject matter of rap and hip hop. Nineteen-year-old Thai Williams' life is turned upside down when he kills a rival for his girlfriend's attention. Now he must find... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Dark Rain: A New Orleans Story

Written by Mat Johnson
Illustrated by Simone Gane


Format: Hardcover, 160 pages
Publisher: Vertigo
On Sale: August 24, 2010
Price: $24.99
ISBN: 978-1-4012-2160-7 (1-4012-2160-2)

In the days after Hurricane Katrina, two men travel to a devastated New Orleans to pull off the bank heist of a lifetime. Up against the clock and eluding armed competitors, the men find themselves in the middle of one of the greatest humanitarian disasters in American history. All around them... Read more >

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Right State

Written by Mat Johnson
Illustrated by Andrea Mutti


Format: Trade Paperback, 144 pages
Publisher: Vertigo
On Sale: August 20, 2013
Price: $16.99
ISBN: 978-1-4012-2944-3 (1-4012-2944-1)

A riveting political thriller from the author of Incognegro (“Don't miss it!”-Cornell West) and Dark Rain (“Masterful” — Miami Herald)

In the week leading up to a major campaign speech, the Secret Service discovers that an extremist militia group is plotting to assassinate America’s second African American President. The best chance to... Read more >
Also available as a hardcover.

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Right State

Written by Mat Johnson
Illustrated by Andrea Mutti


Format: Hardcover, 144 pages
Publisher: Vertigo
On Sale: August 14, 2012
Price: $24.99
ISBN: 978-1-4012-2943-6 (1-4012-2943-3)

Just in time for the fall election, this race-against-time political thriller follows an ex Special Forces commando who goes undercover with a militia group that’s plotting to assassinate the second African-American President of the U.S.

In the week leading up to a major campaign speech, the Secret Service discovers that an extremist... Read more >
Also available as a trade paperback.

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Corregidora

Written by Gayl Jones


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: February 15, 1987
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-6315-6 (0-8070-6315-0)

Here is Gayl Jones’s classic novel, the tale of blues singer Ursa, consumed by her hatred of the nineteenth-century slave master who fathered both her grandmother and mother.

Corregidora is the most brutally honest and painful revelation of what has occurred, and is occurring, in the souls of Black men and women.”... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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soulscript
A Collection of Classic African American Poetry
Written by June Jordan


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: November 2, 2004
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-7679-1846-6 (0-7679-1846-0)

Black poets from the early twentieth century and onward come together for a moving anthology, edited and organized by the late, revered poet June Jordan.

First published in 1970, soulscript is a poignant, panoramic collection of poetry from some of the most eloquent voices in the art. Selected for their literary... Read more >

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Zora Neale Hurston
A Life in Letters
Written by Carla Kaplan, Ph.D.


Format: Trade Paperback, 912 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: December 2, 2003
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-49036-8 (0-385-49036-4)

“ I mean to live and die by my own mind,” Zora Neale Hurston told the writer Countee Cullen. Arriving in Harlem in 1925 with little more than a dollar to her name, Hurston rose to become one of the central figures of the Harlem Renaissance, only to die in obscurity... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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"In a Single Garment of Destiny"
A Global Vision of Justice
Edited by Lewis V. Baldwin
Foreword by Charlayne Hunter-Gault


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: January 14, 2014
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-8607-0 (0-8070-8607-X)

An unprecedented and timely collection that captures the global vision of Dr. King–in his own words.

Too many people continue to think of Dr. King only as “a southern civil rights leader” or “an American Gandhi,” thus ignoring his impact on poor and oppressed people around the world. In a Single Garment... Read more >

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"Thou, Dear God"
Prayers That Open Hearts and Spirits
Edited by Lewis V. Baldwin


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: February 4, 2014
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-8608-7 (0-8070-8608-8)

“Thou, Dear God” is the first and only collection of sixty-eight prayers by Martin Luther King, Jr. Arranged thematically in six parts--with prayers for spiritual guidance, special occasions, times of adversity, times of trial, uncertain times, and social justice--Baptist minister and King scholar Lewis Baldwin introduces the book and each section... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Passing

Written by Nella Larsen
Foreword by Mae Henderson
Introduction by Ntozake Shange


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: May 28, 2002
Price: $12.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-75813-3 (0-375-75813-5)

First published to critical acclaim in 1929, Passing firmly established Nella Larsen's prominence among women writers of the Harlem Renaissance. The Modern Library is proud to present Passing—an electrifying story of two women who cross the color line in 1920s New York—together with a new Introduction by the Obie Award- winning... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Ecstatic

Written by Victor LaValle


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 14, 2003
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-71331-6 (0-375-71331-X)

Victor LaValle has already established himself as “one of the most eloquent voices of the approaching century” (Kirkus Reviews), a writer of darkly humorous tales full of haunting beauty, astonishing leaps of imagination, and language that “crackles and hums” (Chicago Tribune). The Ecstatic is LaValle’s debut novel, a startling tale of... Read more >

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Slapboxing with Jesus

Written by Victor LaValle


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 5, 1999
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-70590-8 (0-375-70590-2)

Twelve original and interconnected stories in the traditions of Junot Díaz and Sherman Alexie. Victor D. LaValle's astonishing, violent, and funny debut offers harrowing glimpses at the vulnerable lives of young people who struggle not only to come of age, but to survive the city streets.

In "ancient history," two best friends... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.
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